I realize there are car afficionados out there who love their stick shift, but why not take advantage of the dual clutch auto and all the extra speed it gives you .
Oh man..you had the analogy going VERY well, until the end there with the car attempt....<P>
For a sports car, especially a high end sports car, you want a manual transmission...if not for resale value, but for performance.
You're generally gonna get the better times and stats with manual over automatic, if you know how to drive the manual...
I've never owned a car with auto transmission, and only one car have I ever owned had more than 2 seats (that one was an '86 911 Turbo, but those rear seats aren't really useable for anything but 2x bags of groceries).....
LOL...anyway, good thoughts on the camera, but ugh...a sports car with auto transmission? A waste of good steel....
OMGzzzz!!1!!one!1!!!!!! I'd never even drive an automatic! I am British though, and those things are quite rare here. Why would you let the car decide what gear you need to be in?
I'm possibly the only person that will survive when the robots take over, it appears.
While I agree manuals are desirably for multiple reasons I have to correct an agregious error in cayenne's comment. He is comparing manual to the classic automatic transmission and he is absolutely correct that a synchromesh manual is faster than a 'normal' automatic, however, the original comment was comparing a manual transmission to a dual-clutch auto (similar to transmissions found in almost all forms of high-performance racing nowadays). Even the 'consumer grade' DCATs are faster than their manual contemporaries. Look up almost any modern performance car and the 0-60 times, 1/4 mile times, etc will be better with the DCATs, examples:
Porsche 911 Carerra S -
Manual - 4.3 sec (0-60 mph)
PDK - 4.1 sec (0-60 mph)
Ferrari F430 (2005) -
Manual - 21.65 sec (1000 meters)
'F1' Gearbox - 21.60 sec (1000 meters)
Sorry, it's a little hard to come up with cars nowadays that offer both options for a single model, most companies are either going all DCAT (Ferrari, Lambo) or staying with only Manual for each model. Now if we are comparing modern 'normal' automatics to non-synchromesh transmissions I would bet on the new autos, all other things being equal.